Fall River, MA
My grandmother owned a dance studio in Quincy, MA in the 40s and 50s. I had many aunts and cousins take dance so it was a right of passage. I would look at my grandmother's old pointe shoes and watch Shirley Temple movies with her.
I've been dancing since age 4 and started at En L'air when I was 13.
Dance has been my therapy. Through the death of my grandparents, divorce at a young age, moving from homes...dance has always been the structure I had in my life. I could always count on it.
Having a dance home/family like En L'air showed me the art form of dance, rather than a competitive side, which I loved! Once I started helping out with the baby classes it made me realize that this work was fun!
I love to help family and friends with anything. Love spending time outside in nature with my dog and fiancé. I love finding a quiet space and meditating. I love to collect sea glass and heart shaped rocks.
In general, do not be shy or afraid to ask any question. No question is too big or too small. Your dance teachers are the tools to help you grow.
Follow the three C's
Confidence, Commitment, Creativity
Have confidence in yourself and your dancing, commit to your movement, and always be ready to create some sort of improv or freestyle.
In our society we are always taught to talk about our feelings. Dance gives us the opportunity to show and express our feelings without words.
I teach ballet, tap, hip-hop, musical theatre, and lyrical.
I was raised in Franklin, Massachusetts.
I was 7 years old and my neighbor, Evelyn, began taking dance lessons at McKeon's Dance & Gymnastics so I decided to enroll as well.
Wow! It's been my whole life. I have no idea what or where I'd be without it. Life would be totally different. I'm so glad to have such an appreciation for this art form.
Shortly after 9/11, I like many, evaluated my life and decided a change was in order. I thought to myself, "what do I know?" and dance immediately came to mind. I started looking for a space to rent and the rest is history
I love music and attending live shows. I'm a die hard NE sports fan. (thanks Dad)
I took a Photography course at Dean College shortly after high school. I loved it, but honestly, I'd probably be working full-time somewhere in an office.
Hmmm, that's a tough one. I'm not sure there's a specific question I want them to ask as much as I'd love to see them put a bit more energy into all their movements, work on emotion and improvising, which we help to teach them.
"Of course it's hard, if it was easy everybody would do it."
What makes it such a great art form is that the dancer is the finished work. There's no novel, song, sculpture or painting. The artist is the art. (if that makes sense)
What makes it such a great activity is that children who are either introverted or extroverted may benefit. Extroverts may be natural performers and love the limelight. Introverts learn to use dance as a way to communicate. They may start off in the back row, quiet and observing, but sometimes those children become the most dynamic dancers!
Of course, at the very least, dance is a great physical activity working every muscle in the body and can instill a healthy lifestyle.
I teach many Twinkle Star classes ages 2-6 and I teach other ShowStars and Ensemble levels in ballet, tap and jazz.
I started dance classes when I was three years old. I was always a very creative child so the ability to showcase my artistry through movement is amazing. Every year I fell more and more passionate about dancing and choreography and wish to share this passion with others. I have been a student at En L'air since the beginning and now I am lucky enough to continue to be a part of this studio through teaching.
Dance has made a huge impact on my life in several ways. One being that is has taught me discipline, responsibility and individuality. I learned how to dedicate myself to this art form and work hard to achieve my overall goals in life.
I knew I wanted to teach dance by the age of 8 years old. Teaching dance allows me to be creative while choreographing and share my love and knowledge of dance with others.
I am passionate about art, psychology and cross-training.
The moment I decided that I truly wanted to pursue dance as a career was when I realized that this art form has become a part of me and has gotten me through so much. I could not imagine my life without dance.
I am also studying psychology so I would most likely be focusing on that.
I wish students would ask about timing.
I do not have a specific quote, but I find myself saying "you've got this" often.
Dance is such a great activity and art form because not only does it teach so many life lessons and build strong friendships, it is also very therapeutic for people of all ages.
Currently I teach Ensemble Lyrical and will continue to teach Hip-Hop, Lyrical and Contemporary.
Miss Nikki taught Ensemble Lyrical this past season and choreographed Total Eclipse of the Heart in our 2018 show.
She is teaching Ensemble Hip-Hop, ShowStars Lyrical, and Ensemble Contemporary this Fall.